Out of the Prison
Born and raised in Japan, A post-grunge influenced singer/song Writer Koji met a guitarist Katsumi Yokota in 2003, two bonded together with their similar taste in music, started working on their songs together. Soon after two went on to play acoustic gigs in small bars/livehouses in Tokyo under the name 'Dogs'. The name fits perfectly--- taken from several famous tracks from their favorite 90s American Grunge bands including Soundgarden, Alice In Chains and Stone Temple Pilots.(you know which songs we're talking about) As it says, Dogs' songs are heavily influenced by 90s American Grunge/Alternative bands and some Hard Rock, which was so out of fashion and a whole music scene in Japan at the time, and their songs all written by Koji---who spent his youth working in the US militaly base in Japan, lived in LA for 3 months, and dated a Canadian Girlfriend at the time--- are all written in English, which made it difficult for them to find the other band members. Therefore Dogs had to endure nearly 2 years before finally found a drummer and a bassist. Became a 4-piece band for the first time, Dogs started gigging in little bigger livehouses/bars in and around Tokyo area and quickly became well-known for their energic and somewhat charismatic live performances---among the little field. After few member changes, they settled with a drummer Atsunori Ito and a bassist Tetsuya Kayanuma, and they've changed the name from Dogs to D.O.G.S. (same pronounce/same meaning), And went on to record their album in summer 2006. 13 songs were recorded during the session with a recording engeneer Leon McCormick, and this became their first album, self-released 'Out Of The Prison'. See it for yourself--- you will find their struggle, pain, loneliness, anger and hope in these songs. Which may not be new, but you will see that they are not copying or ripp-offs of anyone, it's real--- and there's a heart and a soul,a spirit and a voice. You can't ignore it. It's damn catchy too and simply it rocks!! Keep on eyes from this young new band from Japan, they'll come to revenge on Seattle one day.